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Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014

2014 INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION (ISC) Deadline To Enter Extended Until November 4, 2014



The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is now in its extended deadline period, and the deadline for entering songs is November 4, 2014. ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters, and entries are accepted online through the ISC platform and Sonicbids or through the mail. In addition, ISC will be offering some special promotions and incentives through the end of the year.

This year, ISC has expanded on the participation of music industry executives, offering the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the highest level of decision-makers in the music business. Judges include Presidents and CEOs from Republic, Atlantic, Warner Bros., Elektra, Columbia UK, Virgin UK, Sony Music Latin, Mercury UK, Wind-Up, Tommy Boy, Alligator, Blind Pig, Fat Possum, Robins Entertainment, S-Curve, and Concord Music Group. Coupled with additional high-profile industry executives and an notable group of recording artists, many of whom are currently dominating the charts - ISC offers the opportunity for artists to have their music heard by the most impressive and elite panel of judges yet.

ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among the 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and $30,000 in prizes. Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories to enter, representing all genres of popular music. Past winners have included Grammy winners, chart-topping artists, amateur songwriters, and everyone in between, including Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Andrew Bird; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; King Charles; and many more.

2014 ISC judges include: Tom Waits; Sarah McLachlan; American Authors; Pat Metheny; Sara Evans; Bastille; Casting Crowns; Avicii; Wayne Shorter; John Hiatt; Bela Fleck; Keane; DJ Snake; Robben Ford; Natasha Bedingfield; Danilo Perez; Kenny Wayne Shepherd; Martina McBride; Newsboys; Jon Secada; The Chainsmokers; Jason Isbell; Femi Kuti; Afro Celt Sound System; London Grammar; Michael W. Smith; Craig Morgan; Gerald Casale (Devo); Jean-Luc Ponty; James Cotton; Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes); Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Matt Thiessen (Relient K); Chayanne; J. Holiday; and more to be announced...

Please visit http://www.songwritingcompetition.com for an entry form or more details.


link: The International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

Saturday, Jun 14th, 2014

International Songwriting Competition (ISC) announces 2013 Winners



The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), recognized as the most prestigious and respected international songwriting competition, has today announced its 2013 winners.

ISC's overall Grand Prize is awarded to Japanese trumpeter Shunzo Ohno for his song "Musashi," entered in the Jazz category. This is the first time in the 13-year history of ISC that the Grand Prize has been awarded to either an artist in the Jazz category or an artist from Japan.

Winners were selected by a panel of judges which included Imagine Dragons, Martina McBride, Joshua Redman, Josh Turner, Keane, Jon Secada, Dido, Garbage, Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.), James Cotton, Boney James, Jason Isbell, Anoushka Shankar, Monte Lipman (Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Republic Records), Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records), Alison Donald (Co-President, Columbia Records UK), and more.

Founder and Director Candace Avery states, "It is vital for all artists to be recognized for their talents and awarded the due respect for their accomplishments. This year we have awarded the ISC Grand Prize to a Jazz artist, and we applaud the importance of this genre in our musical landscape. The recipient, Shunzo Ohno, greatly deserves this honor, and ISC is proud to bestow this award on him."

Shunzo Ohno is a virtuosic jazz trumpeter and an accomplished composer and arranger. Ohno has performed with jazz legends Art Blakey & The Messengers, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Gil Evans, Larry Coryell, Machito & His Afro-Cuban Orchestra, and many more. With numerous recordings under his own name as a leader, he has also appeared on over 30 more as a sideman and has collaborated on two Grammy winning recordings.

Ohno has been described as modest and seemingly shy, and he has overcome health challenges in his life that would have potentially ended any musician's career. Surviving both a serious car accident in which his teeth and lips were permanently damaged and a later bout of throat cancer which forced him to relearn his playing, he is a testament to determination and courage, even inspiring a biography and documentary in Japan about his life.

For a more in-depth bio on Ohno, please go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/pressreleases

ISC awards more than $150,000 in cash and prizes to amateur and professional songwriters around the world. The Grand Prize winner is awarded $25,000 in cash (US) and an additional $35,000 in merchandise and services. Previous ISC winners include Bastille, Passenger, Lindsey Stirling, Gotye, The Band Perry, Kasey Chambers, Gin Wigmore, King Charles, Kimbra, Gregory Porter, Omar Sosa, and many more.

For a complete list of 2013 ISC winners and to hear the winning songs, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners


link: International Songwriting Competition (ISC) announces 2013 Winners

Saturday, Mar 8th, 2014

Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition Announced. Nine From Texas, One From Houston.



Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) have now been announced. Recognized as the most prestigious international songwriting competition in the world, ISC awards excellence in the field of songwriting. Representing a broad variety of musical genres, finalists were selected from 124 countries worldwide. To view the list, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners

Nine of the finalists are from Texas including one from Houston.

AMERICANA - Stick Around

David Ramirez (Austin, TX, USA)

CHILDREN'S MUSIC - The Fairy Tale Song

Deborah L Wedekind, Don Koch (DeDe) (Houston, TX, USA)

COUNTRY - Breathe

Matt Aslanian, Kent Bell, Kyle Gaston, Justin Haber (Breaking Southwest) (McKinney, TX, USA)

Miss You Anywhere

SaraBeth Swagerty, Dean Sams, Misty Rae Carson (SaraBeth) (Murphy, TX, USA)

GOSPEL/CHRISTIAN MUSIC - Calling Out

Aaron Wagner, Tyler Halford (Weatherford, TX, USA)

PERFORMANCE - When I Found You

Nakia Reynoso, Barry Goldberg (Nakia) (Austin, TX, USA)

POP/TOP 40 - Boy With A Kite

Joe Moralez (Dallas, TX, USA)

RAP/HIP HOP - Holy Water

(RAS) Riders Against The Storm (Austin, TX, USA)

TEEN - Homework

Victoria Celestine (San Antonio, TX, USA)

Winners will be announced at the end of April, 2014. Prizes include over $150,000 in cash, merchandise, and services (including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash and $40,000 in additional prizes). ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters from all over the world, including bands and solo performers. Winners are selected by a panel of high-profile recording artists and music industry executives.

In addition to the winners selected by the panel of judges, ISC opens voting to the public to pick their favorite song. The ISC People's Voice runs for the entire month of March and is open for voting at http://www.facebook.com/internationalsongwritingcompetition.

Over the years ISC has become a benchmark for songwriting talent, and winning ISC can be a tremendous career booster. Winners have included artists such as Gotye, Kimbra, Gin Wigmore, The Band Perry, Passenger, Bastille, Kasey Chambers, Gregory Porter, Lindsey Stirling, and many more. Many winners have gone on to be signed to record label deals and have secured publishing deals, licensing deals, and distribution deals, in addition to getting more gigs, fans, and recognition.

ISC is now accepting entries for 2014. More information can be found at http://www.songwritingcompetition.com.


link: Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition

Saturday, Feb 15th, 2014

Unsigned Only Music Competition Deadline Is March 13, 2014.



The "Unsigned Only Music Competition" is now taking entries for the 2014 competition - with the deadline of March 13.

The Unsigned Only Music Competition, is a unique international music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. If you are signed to an independent label you ARE eligible to enter this competition. Unsigned Only is looking for outstanding, talented artists: a band, singer, or solo artist...a newcomer or veteran...raw or polished - the gem that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package.

Judged by a roster of celebrity notables, prizes include merchandise plus $10,000 cash to the overall Grand Prize winner and $1,000 to the First Place winner in each category. Prizes will also be awarded to Second Place winners in each category. Additionally, the Grand Prize winner will receive one-on-one mentoring from a group of upper echelon music industry executives, ranging from label presidents to heads of A&R. Mentors have included professionals from labels such as Universal, Sony, Atlantic, Capitol, Vagrant, Word, Bad Boy, Big Machine, Disney Music Group, G-Unit, Razor & Tie, J Records, RCA, Grand Hustle, and many more.

Judges include: John Oates (Hall & Oates); 3 Doors Down; Neon Trees; David Crowder; Rosanne Cash; Craig Morgan; Delbert McClinton; Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Of Monsters and Men; 3 Doors Down; Black Francis (Pixies); Aaron Shust; G. Love; Jason Gray; Dustin Lynch; The Mountain Goats; Alt-J; Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Chris Richards (Pop Music Critic, The Washington Post) , and more to be announced.

Genres of music accepted are: AAA (Adult Album Alternative; AC (Adult Contemporary); Americana; Christian; Country; Folk/Singer-Songwriter; R&B/Hip-Hop; Rock; Pop/Top 40; Teen; and Vocal Performance. Unsigned Only accepts original and cover songs in all categories.

We hope that you will enter, and we look forward to hearing your music. Again, the deadline to enter is March 13.


link: For more information and to enter, go to http://www.unsignedonly.com

Monday, Sep 30th, 2013

PATTY GRIFFIN'S UNRELEASED, SOUGHT-AFTER ALBUM, 'SILVER BELL' FINALLY READY TO RING AT RETAIL COURTESY OF UME



Recorded in 2000, Griffin's "Lost" 'Silver Bell' Album Features "Top Of The World" and "Truth #2," Later Covered by Dixie Chicks.

"Patty's voice became my favorite voice the moment I heard her sing, and Silver Bell is one brilliant song after the next. I have loved this album for 13 years and didn't think it could get better, but it has. This version has that incredible voice front and center where it always belongs." - Natalie Maines

"There's a whole lot of singing/That's never gonna be heard/Disappearing every day/Without so much as a word," sings Patty Griffin in "Top Of The World," a song from her unreleased album, Silver Bell, recorded in 2000 and intended to be the follow-up to her hard-rocking 1998 sophomore release, Flaming Red. The album was not released by A&M Records, a victim of the label's turn-of-the-century ownership change, and until now, it has remained a missing piece from Griffin's acclaimed catalog. Newly mixed by legendary producer Glyn Johns, Silver Bell will be released for the first time on October 8 by Universal Music Enterprises across all major digital and physical music retailers.

Silver Bell features 14 original songs recorded at Daniel Lanois' Kingsway Studio in New Orleans by Griffin on vocals, guitar and piano with guitarist Doug Lancio, keyboardist John Deaderick, bassist Frank Swart, and percussionist Billy Beard. Emmylou Harris also joined Griffin in the studio to sing harmony on "Truth #2."

Despite its 13 years of limbo, the sought-after album spawned two huge hits for the Dixie Chicks, who covered both "Top Of The World" and "Truth #2" for their six-million-selling 2002 Home album. In addition, the band's Natalie Maines recorded Silver Bell's title track for her recent solo debut, Mother.

Through the years, Griffin's original songs have also been covered by many other notable artists, including Solomon Burke, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Kelly Clarkson, Martina McBride, Bette Midler, Ben Harper, Bon Iver, Linda Ronstadt, Ellie Goulding & Lissie, Melissa Etheridge, Jessica Simpson, Miranda Lambert, Shooter Jennings, and Joan Osborne.

Since parting with A&M, Griffin has continued her successful, critically-acclaimed career, releasing 1000 Kisses (2002, ATO Records), Impossible Dream (2004, ATO Records), Children Running Through (2007, ATO Records), the GRAMMY® Award winning Downtown Church (2010, Credential Recordings), and her latest album, American Kid, released in May (New West Records).

http://www.pattygriffin.com


link: PATTY GRIFFIN'S UNRELEASED, SOUGHT-AFTER ALBUM, 'SILVER BELL'

Saturday, Sep 14th, 2013

Oz Knozz "True Believer" Reviewed by A. Dorian



Self produced 8/10.

In a way Oz Knozz reminds me of the old Schlotzsky's commercial, "funny name, serious sandwich". Not that the last album production was bad but this one is downright impressive thanks to having Brian Baker on board as engineer...


link: read more of Oz Knozz - True Believer reviewed by Alexander Dorian

Thursday, Sep 5th, 2013

UNSIGNED ONLY MUSIC COMPETITION ANNOUNCES 2013 WINNERS



Grand Prize Is Awarded To Canadian Country Artist Wes Mack

August 29, 2013 - The winners of the 2013 Unsigned Only Music Competition were announced today, representing ten genres of contemporary music. With 22 winners and 100 Honorable Mentions, the US-based competition awards over $50,000 in cash and prizes, including a $10,000 cash prize to the overall Grand Prize winner.

The overall Grand Prize winner is awarded to rising Canadian country artist Wes Mack. His song "Duet" was the overwhelming favorite with the judges who predict a great future for this young and promising unsigned artist. From the silver screen as a film and television star to sold-out performances with Florida Georgia Line, Wes Mack is quickly taking the world of country music by storm. Influenced by artists as diverse as Hank Williams and The Beatles, Mack says, "I would always listen to those tapes with my parents on long road trips through the mountains. That's where I learned the melodies and storytelling which influences me today." As an actor, Mack has built up an impressive resume, including his recurring role in the CBC Western drama, Heartland, playing an up-and-coming country musician. In the past year, Mack has been writing and recording his music in Vancouver and Nashville, and his first single "Duet," featuring Carly McKillip of One More Girl, is currently charting on Canadian country radio.

The judging panel consists of iconic recording artists Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders); Iggy Pop; Neon Trees; Hunter Hayes; Cyndi Lauper; Dustin Lynch; Carly Simon; Brandi Carlile; John Oates (Hall & Oates); 3 Doors Down; Of Monsters And Men; David Crowder; Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); G. Love; Craig Morgan; Jason Gray; Ryan Bingham; Aaron Shust; and The Mountain Goats. Judges also include a group of influential music journalists and editors from Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine, The Washington Post, and Spin.

Unsigned Only honors artists who are unsigned to a major record label and acts as a benchmark for excellence in this arena of contemporary music. Unsigned Only is a fresh and novel approach to other music competitions. In addition to offering prizes, recognition, exposure, and the chance to be heard by a prestigious judging panel, Unsigned Only takes it a step further and offers the Grand Prize winner the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be mentored by and directly network with the top echelon of record company professionals. Mentors include presidents and top-level executives from Universal Republic, Capitol, Vagrant, RCA, Bad Boy Entertainment, Disney Music Group, Atlantic, Sony, Big Machine, Word, and G-Unit.

Founders Candace Avery and Jim Morgan said, "With more than 9,000 entries from all over the world, the competition was so competitive, and the finalists impressed the judges with the immense talent displayed. We owe a great thank-you to our dedicated judges who demonstrated their critical knowledge of music in selecting this year's winners, and we are proud to recognize these winners. We are excited to now present our Grand Prize winner to our group of mentors, and we anticipate the experience to be beneficial."

Other winners include:
Adult Album Alternative (AAA)
First Place: Streets of Laredo (Auckland, New Zealand) - "Girlfriend"
Second Place: Skipping Girl Vinegar (Melbourne, Vic, Australia) - "Chase The Sun"

Adult Contemporary (AC)
First Place: Jerzy Jung (Haddon Township, NJ) - "I Hope"
Second Place: Mikey Wax (Syosset, NY, USA) - "Counting On You"

Christian
First Place: Paul Stephens (Los Angeles, CA, USA) - "Wonder"
Second Place: Skyhawk Drive (Greencastle, PA, USA) - "Whisper"

Country
First Place: Fairchild Brothers (Toronto, ON, Canada) - "I Have Your Touch"
Second Place: Rachel Honza (Nederland, TX, USA) - "Anonymous"

Folk/Singer-Songwriter
First Place: Heymun (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) - "By Sea"
Second Place: Ben Glover (Glenarn, Northern Ireland) - "Melodies of Midnight"

Pop/Top 40
First Place: Ginger And The Ghost (Sydney, NSW, Australia) - "Where Wolf"
Second Place: Miracle Bell (Dublin, Ireland) - Love Sounds

R&B/Hip-Hop
First Place: Teri 'Lyric' Green (Crown Point, IN, USA) - Death Of A Poet
Second Place: Tia P. (Inglewood, CA, USA) - I'm Already Tomorrow"

Rock
First Place: The Deans (Galway, Ireland) - "Lonely Like Me"
Second Place: Stefan Weiner (Northampton, MA, USA) - "Say I'm Strong"

Teen
First Place: Darla Beaux (Las Vegas, NV, USA) - "Rebel Soul"
Second Place: Lena Fayre (Los Angeles, CA, USA) - "Silver"

Vocal Performance
First Place: Nehemie (Miami, FL, USA) - "Tainted Love"
Second Place: Nikisha Reyes (London, England) - "So Cold"

Unsigned Only is sponsored by Sony Creative Software, Disc Makers, David Bean Photography, D'Addario, Mrs. Fields Cookies, The Music Business Registry, Celebrity Access, and CAD Audio.

For more information and to view the list of winners and Honorable Mentions, go to www.unsignedonly.com.


link: www.unsignedonly.com

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Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
Name: BASSIST WANTED
Bass Player needed for Hard Alternative Rock/Metal Band. You must have Pro Gear, Professional Committed Attitude, and be available for practice 1 d ay EVERY weekend when not gigging. You must be over the age of 34, and have at least 10 years of PROFESSIONAL Playing Experience. We are writing originals, and our influences are: Otep, In This Moment, Jack off Jill, Disturbed, Slipknot, etc. Serious Inquiries Only!
Email: rockstarassassins@yahoo.com

Monday, Oct 20th, 2014
Name: Randy M.
Reggae based band from Pasadena seeking drummer. Contact if interested
Phone: 8324257647
Email: coltsblast88@yahoo.com

Monday, Oct 20th, 2014

Experienced Female Vocalist looking for guitarist or keyboardist to collaborate on Original music in the style of Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Lenny Kravitz or more pop like Alicia Keys.
Email: sandyw8@hotmail.com

Monday, Oct 20th, 2014
Name: Jeff - Looking for Drummer
We're a metal/rock band currently looking for a drummer. Our music is a blend of standard to odd time signatures. All original music that doesn't re ally sound like any other bands. Looking for someone that is in the 25-40 age range and who is dedicated. We practice in the New Caney/ Porter area with no rent to pay. Just send me an email if you're interested; I can send you some tracks of our current music.
Email: Jtheo33@gmail.com

Monday, Oct 20th, 2014
Name: Level One Band Productions, LLC
Level One Band Productions is looking for Pro-Level Keyboard Players, Lead Guitarists, and Female Singers. This could be you! For more information contact Reginald Wheatley, Owner (281) 989-95 16 / Email rw@leveloneband.com / Facebook Leveloneband Kingwood / Website www.LevelOneBand.com
Phone: 281.989.9516
Email: rw@leveloneband.com

Thursday, Oct 16th, 2014
Name: Kevin Moseley
Established Metal/Punk band from a decade ago reforming for studio record ing and some gigs. We need a Frontman style Vocalist and a Bass player. Do not contact unless you know you are a veteran of stage and studio. Might make a cool side project for someone. We are recording ourselves. Recording of guitars and drums is well underway. In terms of what we sound like think Black Sabbath meets Black Flag. Call or text first please.
Phone: 281-678-2108
Email: buildingnumber7@yahoo.com

Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
Name: Ron
Rampancy is looking for a drummer. We are a heavy stoner rock/metal band in the vein of Red Fang, COC, Black Sabbath, Dozer, Kyuss, Clutch, Scissorfight, etc. www.reverbnation.com/rampancy Looking for a drummer who can hold his own, but is willing to put in the time and effort to learn our existing songs so that we can move forward with playing shows and writing new music. We have good connections and are just looking for the right person to finalize our lineup so we can take advantage of our momentum.
Phone: 281-250-1350
Email: pinheadx@gmail.com

Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
Name: Glenn Gilbert
Original band seeks badass guitar player. In the vein of Murderdolls, Black Veil Brides, Motley Crue and GNR. Check out tunes at www.reverbnation.com/vanitycrimes
Phone: 8326555067
Email: ggilbert@ARTONITmakeup.com


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